Tag Archives: Black Canadians

This week’s crème de la crème — February 24, 2024

Some of the bijoux I discovered this week. Blog postsIt Starts Here: Black Histories Research Guide at the Archives of Ontario by Melissa J. Nelson & Natasha Henry-Dixon on Active History. Digitize New York Is Growing on New York Genealogical … Continue reading

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Royal Canadian Mint commemorates Black history with silver coin recognizing the settlers of Amber Valley, Alberta

In the latest issue of its ongoing Commemorating Black History fine silver coin series, the Royal Canadian Mint honours the community of Amber Valley, Alberta, founded in 1910 by African American families from Oklahoma, Texas and other surrounding states. Seeking a life away from segregationist laws, racial … Continue reading

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This week’s crème de la crème — May 6, 2023

Some of the bijoux I discovered this week. Blog posts1931 Census of Canada – Are You Ready? by Ken McKinlay on Family Tree Knots. Prepping for the 1931 Canadian Census Release on June 1 by Marian B. Wood on Climbing … Continue reading

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Government of Canada honours national historic significance of No. 2 Construction Battalion, C.E.F.

The No. 2 Construction Battalion was the first Black military unit in Canada, and its services went unrecognized for many years. Some 800 Canadians served in the segregated battalion during the First World War. Yesterday, exactly 106 years after the … Continue reading

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This week’s crème de la crème — June 18, 2022

Some if the bijoux I discovered this week. BlogsTrue crime, the Wing Sang Co., and police records: A trip to the City of Vancouver Archives by Linda Yip on Past Presence. New Items in BC Historical Books Collection by Kin … Continue reading

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Federal apology and other events will honour Canadian Expeditionary Force’s No. 2 Construction Battalion

In August 1914, tens of thousands of men across Canada rushed to their local recruiting offices to enlist and fight in the First World War. Many Black men who attempted to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force found out very quickly … Continue reading

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Ontario Heritage Trust announces four provincial plaque unveilings commemorating Ontario’s Black history

The Ontario Heritage Trust yesterday unveiled four updated provincial plaques commemorating four significant communities and events from Southwestern Ontario and Niagara Region’s Black history. The plaques honour the resilience and perseverance of Black communities in the face of hardship and celebrate the success of … Continue reading

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Royal Canadian Mint commemorates Black History Month with coin featuring the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad, the famous network of safe houses and secret routes that helped enslaved people of African descent escape to freedom in Canada, is the subject of the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest issue in its ongoing Commemorating Black History coin … Continue reading

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Emancipation Day — August 1

Today is Emancipation Day in Canada. August 1 marks the actual day in 1834 that slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, freeing enslaved people in Canada. The day celebrates the strength and perseverance of Black communities in Canada. Canadians … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia historical society seeking photographs, genealogical info to help diversify museum collection

Earlier this year, volunteers with the West Hants Historical Society in Windsor, Nova Scotia launched a history gathering initiative to help strengthen the local narrative and become more inclusive. To incorporate different voices, the society launched an online campaign encouraging … Continue reading

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